Speeding Fire Truck Hits Ambulance, Killing Patient

A heart attack patient being taken to a hospital was killed early Thursday morning in Brooklyn when a fire truck on the way to an different emergency slammed into the ambulance carrying him, officials said. A woman riding with the patient was critically injured.

The crash happened at around 1 a.m. at the intersection at Myrtle and Throop avenues in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, police and fire officials said.

The 59-year-old man, whose name has not yet been released, was being transported to Woodhull Medical Center after having a heart attack, officials said. The 35-year-old woman who accompanied him was a family member.

They were a block away from the hospital when a ladder truck, rushing to a large fire at 721 Willoughby Avenue, collided with the ambulance as it crossed the intersection, hitting it broadside and sending it into another stopped car.

The man in the ambulance was pronounced dead at Woodhull Medical Center, officials said. The woman remains in critical but stable condition at Kings County Hospital Center.

Six firefighters and two emergency service workers were also taken to a hospital with injuries and were in stable condition. Two civilians, who were in the stopped car, were also injured.

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